Work From Home: Money Making Ideas For Teens

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Teens love having extra money for the weekends! It’s a good idea to help them find work from home jobs. Today, I’m sharing a few simple ideas for teens to work from home and make money online.

Sell Unwanted Items at Consignment Sales

This is such a fantastic way for teens to make money on unwanted items. Most consignment sales allow for youth items which often includes: backpacks, sports equipment, clothes, shoes, movies, etc.

You simply clean up your items, enter them into the consignment data base and then price the items according to the sales guidelines.

Simple do a quick search online to find the best consignment sales in your area! The earning potential here is pretty great.

Make Money With a Blog

Blogging is for anyone including teens. With parental supervision, your teen could learn the basics of starting a blog, search engine optimization and more. Not only is this in incredible learning opportunity, but it would look amazing on their transcript.

Personally, I love this option, because it allows them to from work anywhere! You can read my step by step guide here!

Make Money Using Swagbucks

Teens can make money using Swagbucks. It’s one of the quickest ways to earn free gift cards and so much more. You can earn money when researching school projects, playing games and answer easy surveys.

Honestly, it’s just a great way to make money for anyone! You can use my link here to sign up and it’s FREE!

Declutter Your Home With These Simple Tips

I love when my house is cleaned and organized-but let’s face it, there are days (and weeks) when my house it out of control! That’s just life and I am learning to embrace it. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have a simple strategy to keep our home streamlined and running smoothly!

Today, I am sharing two strategies to help you declutter your home!

Tackle Your Main Living Areas: Do you ever feel stressed out when you sit down to rest? I’ve noticed that when our main living areas are clean, I am able to rest and relax much easier.

Try to speed clean your living areas at least once or twice a day. It’s also a good idea to get rid of items that you no longer use in this area. Simplify your living area until it feels cozy and relaxed! At the end of the day, I try to reset the room back to it’s original settings! Ha.

Tackle That “One” Area Each Week: We all have that one drawer or one room that gets extra messy. Try to tackle that area with a deep clean and sweep out each week. Donate items that are no longer of benefit to you and streamline where you can.

For us, it’s our schoolroom. So, crafts get tossed and books are donated when they are no longer serving a purpose. I love going to the dollar tree to get tubs to keep craft supplies at bay! I also invested in small two drawer hutch where I can keep workbooks, extra supplies, etc.

Bonus Tip: Keep a running list of daily cleaning tasks that you want to accomplish throughout your house. I have a zone to tackle each day. It helps me when I’ feeling overwhelmed!

What areas of your home to you try to tackle on a regular basis? I’d love to hear your favorite decluttering tips!

Pinterest Marketing Strategies For Growth

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For the last few months, I have been reading everything I can find on the topic of Pinterest Marketing Strategies.

My main goal has been to find ways to increase Pinterest traffic and blog traffic!

So, I decided to invest in two paid courses and a few free courses to get a jump start. I’m going to share five tips that have made my numbers double and triple in some areas!

Tip One: Take Pinteresting Strategies

The course where I saw a HUGE increase in traffic was Pinteresting Strategies by Carly!

A few stats since taking Pinteresting Strategies:

  • My Pinterest Views have tripled.
  • My Pinterest Clicks and Saves have doubled.
  • My blog traffic has skyrocketed from less than 1K to nearly 5K most of which came from Pinterest!

I downloaded Pinteresting Strategies and completed the course over the span of two days.

After reading through the first few lessons, I decided to put her tips into practice.

Within a few hours, one new pin had over 1,000 views. Typically, getting that many views would take over a week for me. That is how powerful and amazing her tips are!

The best part? Her strategies are simple, straight forward and SO EASY TO UNDERSTAND. Many times when reading about Pinterest Marketing, I felt like I was reading a different language. Can anyone else relate?

Of course, I would love for you to grab a copy of Pinteresting Strategies through my link. I’m confident that you will LOVE it!

Tip 2: Make Sure You Have Claimed Your Website on Pinterest

Confession time. I waited much to long to tackle this step. However, as soon as I claimed my website, my numbers did another incredible boost. I gained over 5,000 views by doing this.

If you don’t know how to claim your website on Pinterest, check out my article on How To Claim Your WordPress Website on Pinterest in 5 Easy steps.

Tip 3: Use Group Boards!

I feel like this step gets overlooked or gets a bad rap. However, since I’m sharing what has worked for me I have to include this. Group boards have been a huge boost to my Pinterest traffic.

Note: I utilize both keyword specific group boards and general group boards. However, I always pin to keyword specific group boards first and then pin to general group boards. This method seems to work great for me!

Tip 4: Use Simple Design

I find that the more simple my pins are, the more traction they get. I really think this is because 9 times out of 10 our pins are only viewed for a second or two before users scroll on by. You want your pin to stand out from the crowd. Think simple designs, bright colors and lighter backgrounds.

Tip 5: Try New Keywords

I think it’s important to have specific keywords that you are regularly pinning for, however, always try new keywords that pertain to your topic. This will help give your followers new insight and allow you to expand your reach.

Want more Pinterest Marketing Strategies and tips? Be sure to grab two of my favorite Pinterest Hacks!

Happy Pinning!

How to Claim Your WordPress Site on Pinterest

Today, I’m sharing a simple step by step tutorial on how to claim your web site on Pinterest!

It took me a couple of tries before I got it right. The easiest method is by using the Yoast Plug In! If you don’t have it, find it and add it! It’s a great resource for bloggers who want to make money online.

Five Steps To Claim Your Website On Pinterest

  1. Log into your Pinterest Account. You will need to make sure you are using a Business Account (personal will not work for this). Having a business account has many benefits which include claiming your web site and being able to use rich pins. It helps with Pinterest SEO!
  2. Once you have a business Pinterest Page, go to your settings (the three little dots at the top of the page) and then click on edit settings.
  3. On the menu (left side) click on claim web site. Pinterest has a step by step action at this point. Follow directions and copy the HTML Tag option. Don’t click save, yet!
  4. Open another browser and go to your WordPress dash board. Click on the Y SEO >SOCIAL Link. Double check your Facebook tab and make sure the open graph settings are turned on. Then, click on the Pinterest tab in the box labeled Pinterest Confirmation, paste the confirmation code that you copied earlier from Pinterest. Click Save.
  5. Now you can click Save on the Pinterst claim web site menu. Pinterest will e-mail you confirmation once your web site has been officially claimed.

You should be set! Be sure to check out my other Pinterest Marketing Strategies here!

How to Get Free Money Easy and Fast

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I remember the first time I ran across an article online that talked about free money.

I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes, but curiosity got the best of me and of course I clicked on the article.

By the end of the article, I had followed her steps and at the end of the day had a check on its way to my mail box.

Did you know tons of people have money literally just sitting around waiting for them to claim it?

Find Free Money

You can go to your local state government web site to see if you have money owed to you by companies. Most people get busy with life and forget they have money owed to them or don’t even know about it because they moved and the companies cannot find them.

It really does happen all the time and it’s worth checking out on a regular basis.

Another fantastic way to find free money is by simply shopping for items you already need online using a program like Rakuten! You simply sign up, shop like you always do and earn a percentage back from your purchases.

Could it be any easier? I don’t think so.

Make Money Shopping

For example, I did my grocery shopping online using Rakuten and earn a percentage back! Honestly, it’s almost too easy!

Another way I love to find free money online is utilizing free search engines and sharing my opinion through sites like Swagbucks. It is the easiest and most enjoyable free survey site that isn’t full of gimmicks. To date, I’ve earned gift cards for coffee, gas and even Amazon!

Honestly, I love sharing with others how to make money online or how to earn extra income by flipping items.

Who doesn’t want a hobby that makes money?

10 Clever Ways to Save Money

Learning to save money is important for everyone! Today, we’ve got a few simple tips for saving money on your every day bills.

#1 Shop Around For New Insurance

It happens to everyone-you get your Insurance bill in the mail and once it again it has gone up in price. You can call and ask for a price adjustment or call different insurance companies. Tell them what you are hoping to save and many companies will work with you to crunch numbers. Last year, I saved us an extra $45 a month just by asking around for better rates.

#2 Consider Using A Gas Card or Gas App

When it comes to paying for gas, it can really cause havoc on your monthly budget. Consider getting a gas car to local grocery stores to save money or download an app that give you the best local gas prices.

#3 Learn To Shop Second Hand

I know, it’s fun to go to the store and buy new items. But, what if you could find the same item nearly new for half the cost? I love to use online yard sales and consignment sales to find items on my wish list at a fraction of the cost.

#4 Consider Using Store Apps For Savings

Most stores these days offer apps for your phone. When you download the app they will often give you discounts or coupon codes that can be used for future purchases. I was able to save an extra $4 by using my favorite store app on a random purchase that I needed to make.

$5 Shop Online When You Can

By shopping online for your basic house supplies you are lowering your risk of buying items that you don’t need. This also allows you to do a simple shop and comparison on prices.

#6 Consider Switching Your Phone and Network providers

Have you checked on your phone bill lately? Is there another network available? Checking up on your phone bills on a regular basis is always helpful and can save you money.

#7 Always Double Check Receipts

This step is so important. There have been many instances when an item is being displayed at a discount price only to ring up for full price (and even higher). I will often check prices as they are scanning and request customer service management to help out if the price is ringing up differently.

#8 Utilize Dollar Stores

There are so many random good deals located at the local dollar store. Cleaning supplies, craft supplies, organizational items, canned goods, etc. Every dollar saved is a dollar earned!

#9 Buy Bulk When You Can

I love buying bulk when I can. Paper products and meats are typically my go to items as they ring up much lower than a regular purchase.

#10 Find Cost Effective Meal Plans

Do you use meal planning? The amount of money that we save when I faithfully utilize meal planning is one of my favorite ways to save money. Learn to rotate meals around meat is on sale and around produce that is in season to save money.

Five Cleaning Up Hacks For Work at Home Moms

Are you ready for a cleaning up palooza? Spring cleaning? Whatever you like to call it? Haha. Many of these tips I have learned over the last decade and implement them when I’m feeling behind or need to save time!

Microwave Cleaning Hack

I want to preface this one and say to use extreme caution. Microwaveable dishes only and you may want to use oven mitts when removing the dish. To easy remove build up and grim, microwave a cup of water with a splash of vinegar for roughly 2 minutes. Then wipe down the inside with a wet rag. It should sparkle! However, if you have excess build up, you may need to use a spray cleaner as well.

Stinky Sink Trick

If you are cleaning up your sink and notice a smell coming from the drain you can pour fresh squeezed lemon juice or orange juice to de-odorized. Firstly, pour baking soda into the sink and then pour warm water down the drain. Secondly, pour the fresh squeezed juice and let it sit for a while. After you rinse out the sink, it should smell fresh! Then you can use the leftover rinds to make a quick potpourri if you’d like! So organized, don’t you think?

Freshen Up Throws

From time to time, you will want to freshen up the blanket throws around your house. If you toss them in the dryer it will help kill germs. However, this will give you static cling. To combat that, toss in a wet hand towel to keep the static at bay.

Cleaning Up The Fridge Hack

Ugh, cleaning out the fridge can be the worst! I try to do a quick wipe down each week when we get groceries. Remove whatever is inside your fridge. Use wet wipes to wipe down the shelves. Add a small dish of baking powder to leave inside to help with weird fridge smells.

Pet Hair Trick

If you have pets, the shedding may be driving you crazy. You can use dryer sheets to rub down the base boards (i use a broom to run it along) and it will help keep pet hair from building up.

Happy Cleaning!

Simple Organized Room Ideas

One way to reduce stress is to find ways simplify your life. Today, I’m sharing a few organized room ideas that will help you get your life on track!

#1 Start With Daily Room Resets

This is one of my favorite strategies to staying on top of clutter. I love to have daily room resets. The idea is that each day go into each room of your house and spend 5 to 10 minutes focusing on putting items back where they belong. If you keep your home tidy in small cleaning spurts you will find yourself less stress and overwhelmed.

#2 Invest in Simple Organizational Buckets or Boxes

I love to buy small buckets and boxes from the local dollar store. I use these to keep smaller items in one collected area. This is such an easy organized room strategy! For example, I keep three white buckets in our pantry. These hold small bags of snacks, nuts, crackers, etc.

#3 Have Seasonal Room De-Clutter Sessions

I recommend de-cluttering each room in your house each season. Get rid of broken or worn out items. Go through magazines and newspapers. Go through old mail. Sell items that you no longer need to earn extra money. Pair down, take a deep breath, and enjoy a more streamlined homemaking routine.

#4 Invest In Storage Cubes or Rolling Carts

One way to keep rooms organized is to invest in storage cubes or rolling carts. In our school room, we have a rolling cart to keep extra items that don’t really have a place in the house. Other ideas for using rolling carts: make a rolling diaper cart if you have little ones.

The main thing is to focus on what organized room ideas makes your home feel more streamlined and user friendly for your family!

organized room ideas

San Diego Budget Travel Tips

San Diego is at the top of my list when it comes to laid back travel. Everything from the San Diego airport (gorgeous views!) to the San Diego weather makes me happy. Sunshine for days, anyone?

Balboa Park: This are is such a wonderful park with something for everyone to enjoy. Architecture, museums, cafes, walking paths, gardens, and so much for. The best part is that entry into Balboa Park is free. Even some of the museums are free. You may want to double check their web site for entry times and events. I’ve heard they feature outdoor concerts and other public events on a regular basis. It’s on my bucket list to attend one!

USS Midway: If you enjoy naval history, this is a great place to learn about this historical naval aircraft carrier. Not to mention, it is just a fun place to visit! The ticket prices are vary reasonable and perfect for families. There is also a lot to see and do in this area.

Little Italy: I honestly didn’t know about this area until we happened upon it by accident. It’s a tiny Little Area by big city standards (I only have NYC to compare it too), but it is a charming area located in Downtown San Diego. Italian restaurants, coffee shops, and ice cream shops abound! There are several budget friendly cafes located here!

Of course, when you go to San Diego, you HAVE to visit their amazing beaches! There are tons of amazing locations, but my personal favorite is the shell beach in La Jolla. La Jolla is a community just 15 minutes down the road from San Diego. Their beach fronts are rugged and have incredible views. There are places to relax, picnic and simply take a long walk. And it’s all free!

You can check out my tips for traveling to California on a budget here!

How to Increase Blog Traffic with Twitter

Twitter is a gold mine for bloggers! It is such a great way to generate traffic, develop relationships and get to know brands. With a few simple steps on learning about Twitter marketing and Twitter trending habits, you will be well on your way with this simple social marketing strategy.

I have been using Twitter for years for both personal and work related outlets. I have to say on the work front it provides many wonderful ways to connect with potential readers and clients. Today, I’m going to share a few tips to help you utilize your full potential with a Twitter presence.

#1 It’s NOT about your number of followers!

Hear me when I say you do want to grow your followers, but don’t get hung up on your numbers or ignore this social media outlet just because you have a small amount of followers.

Why?

The simple answer is that you can still reach hundreds of people through your tweets by using hashtags. I personally believe that hashtags are way more credible and important than say on Instagram and Facebook (again not saying they are not important on those platforms, they are just much more user friendly.)

Case in point: I needed to create a new profile (re-branding and all that) and after a few days I only had a handful of followers. It’s humbling to start from scratch, but I still wanted to utilize it. I started sharing tweets with links back to my blog and faithfully used hashtags. I had less than 40 followers, but one of my tweets reached over 100 people! It was then re-tweeted which had potential of reaching who know how many more.

#2 Get To Know Those Awesome Hashtags!

The cool thing about twitter, is when you have a topic you want to tweet about, you can start a hashtag and Twitter will give you recommendations on what to tweet. Why is this helpful? Because on that list, Twitter will let you know what hashtags are trending. This is extremely important for getting a wider audience. Try to have a least one popular hashtag on the Twitter trending bandwagon!

#3 Mix Up Your Style of Tweets

Another things that I have noticed over the years, that it is important to mix up your tweets. You don’t want every tweet to link back to your web site. Mix it up with quotes, images and then tweet back with your latest blog posts. This helps you diversify and reach an even wider potential audience. This will help you to grow your following organically.

Combine these Twitter tips with your Pinterest Marketing Strategy and you will be well on your way to building an excellent online presence.